Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 16, 2007 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Provides Homelessness Funding for the Aboriginal Family Services Centre

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2007) - Mr. Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament for Regina-Qu'Appelle, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today attended an event at the Aboriginal Family Services Centre to celebrate the purchase and renovation of a new support services facility. This facility will enable the organization to offer its critical support services to homeless and hard-to-house clients in one convenient location.

Over the past 10 years, the Aboriginal Family Services Centre (AFSC) has worked hard to establish a safe, strong, and supportive cultural learning environment for Aboriginal families, children and individuals. It is here where many of these families seek support from the variety of programs and services offered by the AFSC. The facility will provide assistance and support to over 130 Aboriginal individuals and families in Regina, including clients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help those who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless," said Mr. Scheer. "The Aboriginal Family Services Centre will help provide homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless Aboriginal individuals and families with get the services they need to become more independent and enjoy a better quality of life."

The Government of Canada has contributed $340,800 towards the purchase and renovation of the Aboriginal Family Services Centre. This facility will improve the delivery and access to services for vulnerable Aboriginal individuals and families.

The Government of Canada, through its Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), is taking action to prevent and reduce homelessness. This strategy is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The HPS puts in place structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society.

For more information on the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, visit www.homelessness.gc.ca

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